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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/07/2022.

Clinical Team Lead Nurse, Band 6

Job Reference: 152-M149.22

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Alderney Hospital
£32,306 - £39,027 p.a.

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Do you want to be part of a team that really makes a difference?

The Intensive Community Support for Dementia ( ICSD East) are able to offer an exciting opportunity for a full time Band 6 Registered Mental Health Nurse to join this dynamic team in a permanent position.

ICSD is a hospital avoidance team that aim to provide a high standard of patient centred care for people with a diagnosis of Dementia to enable them to be cared for in their own home or other community settings.

ICSD East is a specialist community dementia team of around 30 staff, with medical and occupational therapy input, and is a great mix of autonomous and team work and where everyone's contribution is valued. The team is based at Alderney Hospital and visits patients within the East of Dorset.

The team supports the Older People’s Community Mental Health Teams in managing their most complex cases and are highly effective in preventing unnecessary admissions and assisting safe planned discharges to and from the organic wards at Alderney Hospital. They do this through the provision of rapid, specialist and intensive short-term, care-planned support at home.

The team works closely with carers and other agencies in older people’s health and social care services and also supports the discharges of people with dementia from the organic wards at Alderney Community Hospital into community placements to ensure they are discharged effectively. They work closely with other mental health services to give joined-up care at the point of need to prevent crises developing.

Do you have what we are looking for?

We are looking for an experienced Registered Nurse who wants a fulfilling role where they can really use their skills, knowledge and expertise to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in Dorset. Ideally we are looking for RNMHs but if you are an experienced RGN or RNLD with evidence of community and dementia experience then your application would be welcomed.

You will need to be a dynamic and highly motivated nurse, with exceptional assessment, risk management and care formulation skills who has experience of working with older adults and dementia health in a multi-disciplinary setting. You will have a very high standard of communication skills and clinical decision-making, as this is essential in this role. ICSD is a ‘virtual ward’ and senior nursing staff must be able to process information in a variety of ways accurately and quickly.

Part of the Clinical Team Leader role is Gatekeeping the Organic beds at Alderney hospital, Co-Ordinating the shift, ensuring all visits are covered, triaging new referrals and ensuring the patient is assessed within our timeframes. You will also be responsible for junior staff on shift and supporting them while they are on visits.

If you are looking for a challenging, varied and rewarding job this could be the post for you and we would welcome you to come and meet us and apply.

Can you meet our extra requirements?

Being a car driver with business insurance is absolutely vital to this role as we drive all over Dorset. The ability to work flexibly across a range of weekends, early mornings and evening shifts is also important as well, as the work of the service depends on the fluidity and adaptability of the whole team. Hours of work fall between 07.30 and 20.00 as Early or Late shifts.

Being fit enough successfully complete the Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) course is also essential, alongside highly-developed de-escalation skills in a variety of environments.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Michelle Hughes, Team Leader - Email: Telephone: 01202 307783

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome & will be considered alongside all other applications, where this is not possible you will not be able to apply for the role. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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